In this amusing and
entertaining archive clip from the 2002 BBC documentary series The Life
of Mammals, David Attenborough examines the life of one of the world’s
most extraordinary plant predators – the sloth.
This extraordinary creature, found in the tropical
rainforests of South and Central America, is half blind, half deaf and
spends most of its time hanging around half asleep in the treetops. It
only moves quickly when Mother Nature calls, and even then, quick is a
But with very little muscle, and a reaction time
only one-fourth as fast as ours, how does a sloth’s day compare to a
humans? Attenborough investigates.
Interested in interacting with sloths yourself?
At the Amazon Shelter For Animal and Environmental Protection in Puerto
Maldonado, Peru, travellers can help look after rescued wildlife such
as pumas, monkeys and sloths.
All week, BBC Travel is running
archive BBC Earth clips to celebrate more than 50 years of natural
history film making by Sir David